Friday five
August 18, 2017

ONE || Rainbow 

Who knew Kesha could actually sing?! Not only do her vocals truly shine sans her typical auto-tune garbage, but she wrote every. single. song. on her latest album. To me, some of Kesha’s songs have a very ’70s vibe, but there are a couple of country twang moments.

If you know anything about the past few years Kesha has had, then you’ll know this album is a major middle finger to her ex-manager, Dr. Luke. For FIVE YEARS, she has been locked in legal battles, which she ultimately lost.

Suffice it to say, this whole album is her rallying cry, but before you go cranking Kesha’s new album in your car, you should know half of the songs have the “explicit” warning, which is mainly due to a plethora of expletives (I mean, it’s right up my alley, but I have not the gift of children).

TWO || Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Brian’s always looking for a game I might like to play, so here we are.

This game depicts a main character with psychosis, so it instructs you to play with headphones. This way you (the player) are submerged into her psychosis with her. Whispers go through your audio, which distract and help you during the game.

I really like it because it includes Norse mythology and history; I also don’t like it because I’m honestly not good at video games.

THREE || The Reward

This is a little video short; it’s anime-esque, and there’s no dialogue. If you’re interested and have five minutes to spare, give it a watch. Following two polar-opposite guys on a quest for treasure, adventures and turmoil ensue.

It’s oddly touching.

FOUR || Save the Children

Save the Children is a charitable organization that has become near and dear to Brian and me. We found out about them accidentally at our local farmers’ market last year, and we’ve been donating ever since. They aim to provide resources–everything from healthcare, education, disaster relief, and protection–to children worldwide, including the United States. 2016 has been a great year for Save the Children, and the organization (with help from donations and volunteers) was able to reach more than 157 million children, including more than 56 million children directly.

I love their mission and what they stand for:

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

FIVE || Peru Itineraries

Brian and I have been discussing a vacation (for lack of a better word) to Peru next year. We want to hike the Inca Trail, which will require a lot of training and preparation both physically and mentally: a trip to Machu Picchu requires planning and lots of research (tickets have to be bought in advance because only a limited number of tourists are allowed in each day, we’ll need shots, altitude sickness medicine, hiking gear, we’ll have to find a travel company, weigh the pros/cons of hiring a porter, etc). So when I found these ten itineraries, I was stoked.

They offer different trip lengths, types of travel, and ideas for things to do and see beyond Machu Picchu. Basically, it’s Type-A travel and right up my alley.

I’m not totally invested in hiking the trail the whole way, but I like keeping my options open, and these ideas help me prepare for what to expect with any route we decide to go.

Either way, I plan on making best friends with this llama.